Oct 30, 2015
3:30pm - 5:00pm    |    5th Floor Conference Room, Wilf Hall, 139 MacDougal Street

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Itach- Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice is an Arab-Jewish advocacy NGO in Israel, working to advance the rights of women, especially those from marginalized groups. In this capacity, Itach-Maaki has been working for many years toward the implementation of Women, Peace and Security agenda in Israel, including the implementation of UNSCR 1325.

In recent years Itach-Maaki was leading a breakthrough civil initiative to promote a Governmental Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Israel. This initiative was rewarded in 2014 when The Israeli Government decided to begin formulating an Action Plan in the spirit of UNSCR 1325. This dramatic government decision was enabled by our collaboration with over 30 local NGOs, along with members of Israeli Parliament and Government officials, as well as leading international bodies.

The leading team of this initiative will share in the event the challenges and dilemmas that were part of the breakthrough civil initiative.

Anat Thon-Ashkenazy is an experienced attorney, specializing in law, gender discrimination and mainstreaming gender perspectives in peace and security issues. Until recently, Anat worked at Itach-Maaki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice. In this capacity, Anat founded and directed the initiative of more than 30 NGO’s that aimed to advance a National Action Plan in Israel for implementation UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and its principles. At Itach-Maaki, Anat worked to promote the representation of diverse women in a variety of public decision-making bodies including revolutionary petitions to The Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of dozens of NGO’s. These petitions have become legal precedents and significantly improved the representation of women in governmental bodies. Anat holds LLM and LLB with distinction from Tel-Aviv University. In 2011, the leading economic magazine The Marker selected Anat as one of the seven promising young lawyers in Israel.

Ms. Hazar Alhadi is a Palestinian woman, raised in the town of Taybeh. Currently a Political Adviser in the diplomatic sphere, Hazar has been a longtime advocate for the Arab minority and activist for women’s rights in particular. Hazar serves as the co-chair of Itach-Maaki. As an advocate for women’s rights, Ms Alhadi has worked for Itach-Maaki:  Women Lawyers for Social Justice in Tel Aviv, Society of St. Yves: Catholic Center for Human Rights in Jerusalem, and Clore-Leo Beck Community Center for impoverished neighborhoods in Haifa.  Active in her community, Ms Alhadi is a founder and former board member of Tishrin, a community organization working to advance the status of women and youth in Taybeh.  In addition, Hazar is a founder of the Nahu movement, which works to increase the number of women to take on decision making roles in Taybeh and a former board member at the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens.  Ms Alhadi holds a dual degree of LL. B in Law and BA in Communication from the University of Haifa , and has supplemented her education with certificates from several institutions including Harvard University (professional training on Humanitarian Law and Policy), and the Israel Bar Association (Public Law, and Sharia and Personal Status Law).

Netta Loevy has been a staff attorney at Itach-Maaki since 2012 and is currently coordinating the project to advance the implementation of United Nations Resolution 1325 in Israel.  In addition, Netta has been leading a national project to improve the status of para-professional education workers, and works with a nationwide network of activists who work to impact the public discourse, the legal community, the media, and the Knesset. Prior to joining Itach Maaki, Netta was a documentary filmmaker and a journalist. Netta’s films “The Woman from the Bubble” (yes doc 2007) and “World Class Kids” (yes doc 2010) were screened in Israel and internationally and both won prizes in international film festivals. Netta also worked as a news correspondent and anchorwoman for the national network Channel 10, as an editor at the daily Yediot Acharonot newspaper and as an editor and correspondent for several radio stations in Israel.

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